Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced on Friday he will pay visits to several countries in Southeast Europe, including Romania, as well as Bulgaria, Serbia and the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the end of the next week, the first visit paid to these countries by a Japanese premier, the Kyodo news agency informs, quoted by antena3.ro.
“I will extend the borders of Japanese diplomacy while confirming our close coordination on the North Korea issue and other pressing issues the international community is facing,” Abe said at a meeting between the government and the ruling coalition, made up by his party, the Liberal Democratic Party with the smaller Komeito party.
PM Abe will leave Japan on January 12 and will return on January 17. He planned to visit Estonia during a tour in Europe last July, but returned to Japan following the torrential rainfall on the Kyushu Southwest islands.
Bulgaria has begun its mandate in the rotating presidency of the European Union Council, for the first half of this year.